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Kanye West contributes to Chance-backed mayoral candidate Amara Enyia

Monday, Oct 22, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* First she gets Chance the Rapper’s endorsement and now this

Could be fun to watch this one. And you also gotta wonder if the progressive candidate will be under any pressure to return a big contribution from President Trump’s most visible African-American supporter.

…Adding… Tribune

That donation is the exact amount in fines Enyia faces from the Illinois State Board of Elections for failing to properly file quarterly finance reports in connection with her 2015 campaign for mayor, the Chicago Tribune reported last week. Enyia dropped her bid for mayor four years ago after the petition signatures she collected to appear on the ballot were challenged.

However, Enyia never closed her campaign account and was fined by state election officials for not filing quarterly campaign finance reports as required by law.

…Adding… Here it comes

County Commissioner Stanley Moore, who has endorsed County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for mayor, said Enyia’s decision to accept West’s donation opens up a whole new line of questioning.

“If you accept money from a person like Kanye West, are you also endorsing his stance on Donald Trump?” Moore said.

“Kanye West has made comments in the past about slavery being the slave’s fault. He has talked about abolishing the 13th amendment. This opens the door for Amara to answer questions about whether or not she is embracing these same philosophies. Is she embracing Trump’s policies that hurt African-Americans?”

Enyia did not return phone calls.

Enyia hasn’t answer my e-mailed question, either.

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18 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 3:19 pm:

    That’s a lot of fish sticks from Kanye.


  2. - Montrose - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 3:23 pm:

    He does realize her platform is about a million light years from Trump’s, right?


  3. - Real - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 3:26 pm:

    Kanye West doesn’t know if he wants to be republican or progressive.


  4. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    Maybe he just wants to shake things up
    Really if money not from a drug dealer or a child molester why not take it and use it? He is not causing you to change your campaign. Is the test for contributions now going to be you have to be with me 100% Frankly I always thought it odd that if a person had a felony background yet did time and was straight and tried to donate people got bent out of shape. I thought they had their rights restored. Everyone gets a second chance unless you need one


  5. - OneMan - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 3:39 pm:

    After Kayne was shooting pool in Naperville at Pepe’s I have now just accepted I am in the matrix run by someone with an interesting sense of humor.


  6. - Anon E Moose - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 3:59 pm:

    Don’t you have to use your actual home address for contributions? Not your manager’s address?


  7. - Just Observing - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 4:02 pm:

    === Don’t you have to use your actual home address for contributions? Not your manager’s address? ===

    I don’t know what the law says, but I do know that many, many, many, many contributions, in Illinois and federally, are disclosed with office addresses.


  8. - Just Observing - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 4:03 pm:

    Did she try to negotiate-down her fine? I thought the ISBE was pretty reasonable about negotiating-down fines. That seems like an outrageously high fee for the infraction.


  9. - Ok - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 4:08 pm:

    Kanye helps cut Illinois bill backlog by $73,540. Tonight at 9.


  10. - Fax Machine - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 4:21 pm:

    The ISBE would have cut it at least in half - they probably would have settled for $10k


  11. - Chicago Cynic - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 4:49 pm:

    Amara is very nice. But this whole boomlet is kind of strange. In seeing her around for many years, I’ve never heard her say something that makes me go, wow, she’s amazing. Always felt like her candidacies were always kind of a stretch.


  12. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 4:52 pm:

    Kanye was admitting to being $53 million in debt two years ago. Hope the check doesn’t bounce.


  13. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 5:26 pm:

    Just Observing - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 4:02 pm:

    Illinois and federal is just a mailing address.


  14. - Driving a car - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 5:57 pm:

    No one man should have all that Power


  15. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 9:37 pm:

    wait til I get my money right.
    then you can’t tell me nothing, right?


  16. - Just Me - Tuesday, Oct 23, 18 @ 9:05 am:

    Someone who doesn’t understand the basics of campaign finance law, and doesn’t realize you can negotiate down your fines, makes me question their ability to run the 3rd largest city in the nation.


  17. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 23, 18 @ 9:20 am:

    After thinking about it last night, I agree with Just Me’s logic here, if not the conclusion.


  18. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Oct 23, 18 @ 9:49 am:

    She aint hangin w no broke dudes thats for sure


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